Melanie: February 2008 Archives
What is right for the cat?
The latest trend is feeding your cat an all-vegan or vegetarian diet. Not sure about this one. Cats are predators, naturally born killers - ok, so it's hard to imagine neo as a predator - but he could hunt...if he had to...his mom gave him hunting lessons...I'm sure he remembers!
But here’s my problem…Cats are carnivores… but I just heard about someone who feeds their cat a tomato stew with garbanzo beans – Tomatoes?
Each sound your cat makes has its own meaning - cats speak their own language. It just takes time for humans to learn their language. Experts say there are three categories of vocal sounds a cat makes, and each category has a meaning of its own. So this is what the experts say. The three categories are:
For cats, everything in life has to feel good and be their way. Cats will demand attention and you could be training your cat to be a pain, just because you respond to their demands. Are you teaching your cat bad behavior?
Do you wake up two hours earlier than you need to because of your cat? Ok well, think about it… what are you doing when the cat wakes you up?
Oh, you feed him…. And then you pet him and play with him….
and well you have to go to work anyway, so you might as well stay up now…while your cat goes back to sleep!
Your cat may be lonely or hungry, but establishing a routine where they get fed at a certain time and played with everyday means they won’t be begging for affection in the middle of the night or early in the morning.
Your cat does things to get attention, and if you give the attention they demand, when they demand it, you can be setting yourself up for some pretty early mornings! A big reason why cats act the way they do, is because their owners let them. In fact, they are training you, and they do a really good job of it!
Brushing your cat’s teeth extends their lives, but finding a way to do it can be a challenge.
The most important thing is to keep it fun, for you and for your cat. Get some yummy toothpaste – no not the minty kind, you need special kitty toothpaste in poultry or beef flavor – and have lots of tooth friendly treats available (your vet has them, these treats taste good and help keep your cat’s teeth clean) and a cat toothbrush.
Ok, you’re all set. You just need a cat.
Too many treats and too much sleep everyday can lead to Feline Diabetes!
People and cats are turning into couch potatoes together. A study out of the UK finds that cats are getting too fat and lazy because their humans feed them too much and don’t let them get enough exercise. Then they get sick and you have to take them to the vet regularly, buy medications and new food… it all adds up.
But after a long day working…
Declawing is actually amputating the tips of your cat’s fingers and toes. If that isn’t bad enough, did you know that cats walk on their toes? So if you remove the tips of the toes, walking becomes painful for them.
…And another thing, declawed cats are docile and often become lazy and develop behavioral problems?
Of course! Think about it, you wouldn’t be excited to play with someone who ripped off the ends of your fingers and toes now would you? SO why would you expect your cat to be playful and behave like a normal cat after that torture?
So if you think declawing is the only alternative, think again… Get your cat a scratching post…Your cat won’t use it?….Bring in a broken branch from outside!… yeah, you know I’m right, brace it against something and let them go at it! They’ll love that!
And if that doesn’t work, check out these Nail Caps.Alternatives to Declawing, Nail Caps for Cats http://www.softpaws.com/
Hi, I’m Melanie and my cat’s name is Neo (yes, I am a huge fan of the Matrix trilogy – but that’s a topic for another day!) I love cats, all cats, and cats seem to love me too!
Lately, I’ve been disappointed with the lack of information available to cat lovers of the world. That’s why I decided to start FaceKitty.